How to Easily Choose the Best Recliner for Your Space

How to Easily Choose the Best Recliner for Your Space

Did your childhood home have a “Dad’s Chair”? You know, that chair with overstuffed curves and bad fabric that was entirely too large for the room. It was the place where your dad likely jerked back the lever with a big clunk and stretched out while watching football. Ah, memories.

Reclining chairs have gotten a bad rap in the past and there was a time that, as a designer, I would do anything to talk a client out of a recliner by suggesting a chaise lounge, a chair-and-a-half, or chair and an ottoman to get that comfy and cozy feeling. …But I have to say, recliners have come a long way. Many of them are now masquerading as lovely and classy looking chairs.

Since many of our clients ask for reclining chairs in their family room design, I make it my mission to explore all options and manufacturers. I often select Comfort Design as the chair we put in our clients designs and now in our own showroom.

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How to Design a White Sofa Perfect for Kids and Pets

When you see the beautiful off-white sofa in The Shoppe at KTJ Design Co, I’m sure you’re thinking that would never work in your home.

We get it. Real life means dirty kids, shedding pets, and inevitable spills. …but guess what?

That off-white sofa with linen style upholstery, deep cushions and curvy arms is perfect for your casual life because it is covered in a fabric that is soft, breathable, durable, water-repellant and stain-resistant. Your pets, kids, guests, and busy schedule just meet their match with high performance fabrics,

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7 Useful Bathroom Accessories You’ll Want to Try

7 Useful Bathroom Accessories You’ll Want to Try

I just completed a master bathroom remodel (tour coming soon) and wanted to highlight the “final touches” of all our bathroom remodels: selecting accessories. As much as we like designing the layout and picking just the right shower head, toilet, or tile, it is much more fun to pick out the accessories, especially since they can often double as décor items.

Currently, we are working on a pool house design for this Showcase House project and deciding on the accessories. Since the home is occupied by three young children, and mostly children will be using the pool house bathroom, we are picking out fun colors and shapes. Keep reading to see what we picked.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Interior Designers

6 Things You Need to Know About Interior Designers

My phones have been ringing off the hook since we opened our new design studio, and we’ve gotten a lot of questions about how interior designers work with homeowners. Today, I’m taking the mystique out of interior design and telling you exactly why you need a professionally trained interior designer in your corner during your next remodeling or redecorating project.

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House Tour: White, Gray & Gold Remodel

We meet this Mother and Daughter duo when they were remodeling Daughter’s new home. They had a contractor and the home had been gutted down to the studs, but the draftsman the contractor had used didn’t quite bring the space plan to their satisfaction. The master bathroom didn’t have the best layout, and they had wanted a large island in the kitchen, but weren’t sure how to lay it out. Plus they had frequented all the local design showrooms and saw lots of pretty things but couldn’t decide on anything.

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Stockton Interior Designer Transforms Industrial Space into Design Mecca

 When I was a little girl, I never wanted to have birthday parties because I was afraid no one would come. Turns out, I had that same fear about our grand opening. However, we had a whopping 116 people show up for our ribbon cutting and grand opening.

 “I just want to live here!”

 This was my favorite comment received that evening. This tells me I got it right.

 After many successful years at our Harding Way studio, I decided I wanted more than a Design Studio, I wanted an actual furniture boutique store. I wanted to be that “shoppe girl.”

 

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How to Organize Your Life Through Interior Design

How to Organize Your Life Through Interior Design

 I grew up with an alcoholic, drug addict father. My childhood was chaotic, to say the least. I craved a sense of order so badly that I started my first career in a profession that is steeped with rules and regulations: accounting.

I chose interior design as my second career because my childhood home(s) were always a mess and disorganized. Heck, we even lived in a tent for one year (I guess that made us homeless by today’s standards!) Because of this, I have a deep desire to give everyone a beautiful AND organized home.

I think many people hate their homes for the simple reason is that it is not organized.

You totally understand me. I know you do. With your busy career, crazy sports schedules, and trying to plan what to cook for dinner, the last thing you want to do is waste time looking for the little guy’s lunchbox in the morning.

The best way to incorporate organization into your home is to have a place for everything. This is more than having cute plastic cubbies and bins everywhere; this means making it easy to put things back where they belong.

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7 Beautiful Chandelier Ideas for Your Foyer

7 Beautiful Chandelier Ideas for Your Foyer

The foyer is the catch-all place for shoes, purses, wallets, keys, and spare change. While it should be an attractive space that sets the precedent for the rest of your home, it is often a cluttered and forgotten area.

The good news? After a bit of sorting and organization, you only need to add a few new elements to make your foyer a statement piece:

 1.    Add small, narrow table or cabinet, topped with bowls for keys and change and baskets underneath for the shoes and backpacks

2.    Place a mirror above the table to allow yourself the one last look as you rush out the door (also makes a small area look larger and reflects natural light)

3.    Add wallpaper {link to last blog} with texture, prints or color

 …but we aren’t quite done. The one thing I often find missing in foyers is a great statement light fixture.

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3 Beautiful Wallpaper Designs for Your Space

While all your neighbors are drowning in various shades of gray on their walls, wallpaper in a fun color or an unexpected motif defines your unique style like no other element.  Adding wallpaper to a room is a simple addition that will instantly engage everyone. Whether they comment that it was a bold move or ponder at how great it looks, wallpaper customizes your living spaces.  You can wallpaper an entire room or create a spectacular accent wall.

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6 Beautiful Interior Décor Items You Need Right Now

Recently I went to Las Vegas Market and I got a bunch of stuff for my new showroom that I’m so excited to put in your homes. I scoured the showroom floors of my current vendors and hunted for new vendors and sources as well (walked 25 miles in three days!).  I was searching for just the right combinations for our showroom vignettes.  Here are a few of my favorite things from the haul

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